Performances and auditions
take place at:
111 First Ave. W
All performances start at 7:30 pm except for matinees (m), which start at 2:30 pm. Auditions start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Last updated June 6, 2017
Albany Civic Theater
Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz
Book by: Roger O. Hirson
Directed by: Kay Roth
Auditions: August 28, 29 Callbacks: August 30
All auditioners should prepare a short (less than a minute) piece of music to sing that shows your range. Please do not sing something from Pippin. Please wear clothes you can dance in and bring dance or character shoes if you have them. Lewis is the only character who does not sing. If you have circus skills, please be prepared to show us.
Performances: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23
A traveling troupe of actors takes up the challenge of telling the story of Pippin, a young prince who is trying to find his corner of the sky. Pippin, encouraged by the Leading Player, goes to war, visits his grandmother to learn some wisdom, falls in love all while trying to discover who he really is and where he belongs.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
We've got magic to do isn't just the name of the opening song- it's what Pippin is all about. The magic of life, the magic of the circus, the magic of love and finding your way.
Cast of characters:
Leading Player- Male/Female- The ultimate 'ring leader.' Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Good dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience.
Pippin- Male- Age: 18 to 21, Our story's young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo.
Charles- Male- Age: 50 to 60, Pippin's demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride.
Lewis- Male- Pippin's stepbrother, a fighter, not as smart as Pippin. Does not sing.
Fastrada- Female- Age: 35 to 45, Pippin's conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son.
Berthe- Female- Pippin's saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest.
Catherine- Female- Age: 25 to 35, A widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him.
Theo- Male- Catherine's 9 year old son. He has a very small solo near the end of the show. This role might be double cast.
Ensemble- Charlemagne's Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players
Pippin is Kay's eleventh time directing at ACT. She has also appeared on stage, first in The Rocky Horror Show and most recently in Paradise Lost and Found. Her other directing credits include Oliver, The Runner Stumbles, Noises Off, The Laramie Project, Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Game's Afoot. Kay has also designed props, sets and costumes, stage managed and been assistant director for a number of shows, including Shrek the Musical, Avenue Q, Hello Dolly and Big Fish. Kay is a past board member and currently acts as the program editor. She is a graduate from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Communication Arts and currently works for Lee Enterprises. Kay lives in Albany with her husband Ken. The entire Roth family, including grandson Sebastian are active at ACT.